Call for Papers: Bruce Springsteen Symposium

Dec 13, 2019 770

BY: Melissa Ziobro

Date: October 2, 2020 to October 4, 2020. Location: New Jersey, United States. Subject Fields: American History / Studies, Contemporary History, Cultural History / Studies, Music and Music History, Popular Culture Studies. You are cordially invited to submit abstracts and/or panel suggestions for an international scholarly conference devoted to the life, work, and influence of Bruce Springsteen, particularly in relation to his legendary album The River.

To submit an abstract, please go to and click on the abstract link. Abstracts should be 150-250 words in length to ensure full consideration. The conference will be held from October 2-4, 2020, at Monmouth University. The festivities will include various live acts, as well as keynote addresses by rock critics and figures from the music industry.

Papers will be considered for, but certainly not limited to, the session rubrics below. Full-panel submissions are also encouraged. The deadline for abstract submission is March 1, 2020.

Possible subjects include:

Springsteen and American Roots Music Traditions
Springsteen and Citizenship
Springsteen and Critical Theory
Springsteen and Dylan
Springsteen and Education
Springsteen and Gender
Springsteen and Musicianship
Springsteen and New Jersey
Springsteen and Performance
Springsteen and Politics
Springsteen and Psychology
Springsteen and Rock ‘n' Roll Iconography
Springsteen and the American Pastoral
Springsteen and the Music Business
Springsteen and the Politics of Culture
Springsteen and Work and Class
Springsteen and/as Literature
Springsteen as Narrative Poet
Springsteen in the 21st Century
Springsteen on War
Springsteen's Musical Contemporaries
Springsteen's Musical Influences
Springsteen's Musical Legacy
Monmouth University is a member of the GRAMMY Museum’s affiliate program.

For more information, please contact Eileen Chapman, Director of the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music, at

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